Cambodia Trips Angkor Wat Khmer and Beach Holidays

Cambodia trips and beach holidays 

Trips open the view for new holidays destinations in particular Angkor and beaches. The country combines several interesting subjects, first culture oriented travel in the north and beach, nature and adventure trips in the east and west plus the great capital of Phnom Penh with some traces of French style.  In 2013 about 4.5 million visitors enjoyed the trip to this exotic Asian country. 

Angkor Wat Temple

Beach at Koh Kong

Waterfall at Bokor National Park

Culture oriented trips are mostly to Angkor Wat, "Angkor Thom" and the monuments around plus a couple of smaller temple cluster such as Phnom Chisor, Tonle Bati. The National Museum and Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and more.

Here are the main travel destinations


Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is a unique place on earth and is definitely one of the destinations you must see before being moved 6 feet down otherwise you cant say I have seen enough on the globe. Finally it wont matter anyway where your body is decomposed or burned since there are not such things as gods, they where silly enough to believes this nonsense  for a long time but the stupidity of man is infinite. So travel to Cambodia and see it with your own eyes, read more.

Angkor Thom
Angkor Thom
Angkor Thom is a some how not so funny place since people abandoned a great place and let it rot, even today it's in decay. There is a lot of money donated to get the ruins renovated but it disappears in a endless hole of corruption. Unfortunately Cambodia is on such a awful level of corruption that even Thailand looks like a monastery full of honest people, actually they are one of the worst corrupt on earth but Cambodia tops them by the power of 10 and that means something, read more.


Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Siem Reap is a appanage of Angkor,all travel starts and end there including hotels, infrastructure, restaurants, tours, airport, bus station, the pier for the Tonle Sap river trip, nightlife, shopping and  more. 

There is nothing at Angkor beside the monuments and that is probably very good, read more.
Phnom Penh Nightlife
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is the capital and a busy French style city where you feel at home immediately. With the Tonle Sap Lake and river flowing through which can be watched from the big promenade at Sisowath Quay. When you see this it needs to say that the French here and the English in Myanmar did a very job. Most evident when you compare it to the chaos in Bangkok. Where the greedy philosophy is never give a piece to the public, read more.

Phnom Chisor
Phnom Chisor

Phnom Chisor is a ideal day trip destination when in Phnom Penh. The drive is through vast tracts of paddy fields divided by rivers. The first stop is at Tonle Bati where a great temple in Angkor style can be visited plus a newer temple site right at the river. Altogether a very scenic panorama which show a great picture of the flat land south of the capital, read more.




Kep and Kampot
Kep and Kampot
Kep and Kampot are at the South China Seafront straight down from the capital a prefered getaway for the weekend. Although the beachside doesn't look very attractive it is a good starting point to visit the Bokor National Park close by, read more.






Sihanoukville city, beaches and harbor
Sihanoukville city, beaches and harbor with most accessible beaches around. The town has the best infrastructure in the south together with Koh Kong. 

Also the only deep sea harbor is here and fishing in the South China Sea starts just beside the harbor. If you want to do beach holiday in the country thats the place to go, read more.



Travel in Cambodia (1)
 Travel in Cambodia  
Travel in Cambodia means on the road and by bus unless you have your own vehicle. The buses are not bad somehow similar to Thailand but they don't have double-decker which is probably good considering the extreme bad roads almost everywhere. That also make trips always very time consuming, read more. 





Cambodia Highlights


Exotic shopping items
Exotic shopping items

Going Shopping

Shopping possibilities for interesting souvenirs and other quality items worth to take home are much less than in Thailand or Singapore. 

The mad Khmer Rouge did more damage as it is visible on the surface but many knowledgeable people are coming back now and bring new creativity with them, read more.


More about Cambodia holiday
Cambodia Apsara Dancing
Khmer dancer at Angkor Wat

Phnom Chisor
Phnom Chisor


Phnom Chisor Buddha Temple
Phnom Chisor Buddha Temple











Once you have been here you will come back again since it is a unique and pleasant atmosphere and a pristine tropical environment with a Buddhist philosophy and nice people. 

Day Trip to Sre Ambel
Day Trip to Sre Ambel
Travel in Cambodia on Tonle Sap
Visiting the beaches at the South China Coast and the untouched nature which is still around in the south west and north east plus great people who are quite different to their neighbors. We also bring some information about the Khmer culture most travelers come here to experience or at least to have a look for. 

The country is for sure a coming "heavy weight" in the South East Asian tourist scene and will see a sharp increase in travel when the SEA countries lift their border restrictions in 2015. 
Cambodia beach holiday
Cambodia beach holiday at Koh Kong
Although they had the mess of some lunatic communists who where controlled by even more mad red Chinese and some spots of French lefties, it' over now. When you talk with local people don't warm up this stuff, that's the last they want to hear.

Angkor Face Tower
Angkor Face Tower
Cambodia Trips with the Elephant
Cambodia Trips 
with the Elephant











Beaches are at the South China Seafront around Sihanoukville, Koh Kong, Kep and Kampot. Plenty of pristine nature is still around and a interesting capital is waiting to be explored.
Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Royal Palace Cambodia
Royal Palace Cambodia














Khmer History Museum
Khmer History Museum
Khmer Buddha Statue
Khmer Buddha Statue











Cambodia beach holiday at Sihanoukville
Holiday at Sihanoukville

Beach infrastructure is very rudimentary although there are beautiful waterfronts but only very few hotels and resorts.

Ochheuteal Beach
Ochheuteal Beach

Nightlife Girls Phnom Penh
Nightlife Girls Phnom Penh
Sisowath Quay at night
Sisowath Quay at night


Pub Street at Siem Reap
Pub Street at Siem Reap
Tonle Sap at Phnom Penh
Tonle Sap at Phnom Penh











Waterfall at Bokor National Park
Waterfall at Bokor National Park
Koh Poi River Trip in the south
Koh Poi River Trip in the south
Dirt biking at Sre Ambel
Dirt biking at Sre Ambel










Holiday in Cambodia are easy to handle since the country is rather small and buses are available from Phnom Penh to every corner in the kingdom. 

Beach holiday in Cambodia
Beach at Koh Kong
Holiday at Ochheuteal beach
Waterfront at Ochheuteal beach
It is also easy to rent a car or a scooter and do it on your own but this is very dangerous since there are no traffic rules and if there is an accident there are no real hospitals outside the big cities. A popular variant are "dirt bike tours" which are somehow interesting because most roads are in real bad conditions anyway.

People are very friendly and cooperative and quite a lot speak reasonable English, actually more than in neighboring Thailand. 

Angkor Thom Temple Ruine
Angkor Thom Temple Ruine
Angkor Wat Front View
Angkor Wat Front View


Siem Reap Nightlife

The old market with "Pub Street" is the center of all nightlife in the city

Some hotel nightclubs are around but are rather secondary. When the sun disappears Pup Street awakes and that's the center of the old market. Here are the bars, restaurants, nightclubs, discos, dinner show and everything in between. 

It is somehow like Bangkok's Khao San Street but less chaotic, everyone has fun that's the most important,most of the places are owned by "western foreigners" that means less cheating although some still do it. 

3 Days Phnom Penh - Siem Reap Discovery Tour


Pub Street at Old Market in Siem Reap


The Temple Nightclub
The Temple Club Bar
Nightlife at Pub Street
Nightlife at Pub Street












Temple Club Siem Reap
Temple Club Apsara Dancing
Many bars to choose, among other the Angkor What Bar?  Another is the Temple Club probably one of the most "user friendly" in the local nightlife business since it includes a restaurant upstairs with a free dinner show, a nice place with slow motion dancing but also very fast native dances, Cambodians like it both ways, the fast stuff looks more contemporary.

Absolute top notch since where you get anything for free
Cambodian Dance
Cambodian Dance
anymore these days? The dancers are real good; this is not a cheap "wishi-washi". First they run the slow motion show and after the fast run both with pleasant Khmer music in the back coming from a whole native orchestra, no computer playback, all natural.


That's the way it actually should be, check the pictures accessible through the link and don't forget the ads they are amazing informative.

This establishment as a somehow universal place where everything for a great integrated, dance show upstairs, bar disco, pool etc. at street level, prices are also rather moderate, actually in the country pricing is very similar to Thailand it looks as if they take the neighbor as benchmark.


Bar and disco and Angkor Wat
Bar and disco and Angkor Wat

Nightclub at Siem Riep
Nightclub at Siem Riep

Hungry at Pub Street
Hungry at Pub Street
Dinner at the Old Market
Dinner at the Old Market










In 1998 the Angkor What bar was the very first,


Pub Street
Pub Street seen from Angkor What Bar

a lively nightspot and beer source with tourists graffiti at the walls. 

The place is well known and market in any tourist guide which naturally brings customers, a nice beer source after an exhaustive day visiting temples and monuments, prices are, as practically everywhere, except the big hotels, very "user friendly".


Cambodia Airport Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia and has the major airport

There are two international airports in the country, Phnom Penh is the first and the other is at Siem Reap for Angkor. 

The throughput is quick, first you are guided to pay the visa fee and deliver the passport. This only takes a few minutes and you are through, Don't think about money change, this is dollar only country, the Riel is only for the Cambodians and used as small money to adjust.

3 Days Phnom Penh - Siem Reap Discovery Tour


Approaching Phnom Penh Airport
Approaching Phnom Penh Airport



Phnom Penh Airport Arrival
Just before touch down

Currently (2014) two airports are operating, beside of this one is Siem Reap which is more or less Angkor. This is the gateway to northwest Cambodia. There are two helicopter services
Some duty free and internet
Some duty free and internet
offering round trips around the greater Angkor area. 


If you can set aside around $ 2XX,- you should make this
Phnom Penh Airport Departure
Airport Departure Hall
flight, that's the optical "cream". The longer flight includes extended exploring in north direction with waterfall, jungle and more monuments.


Flights come in from various destinations in Asia such as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore’s Changi. They all have cheap flights available, a different story it was with flights to Siem Reap which was a real hit and run high price business as long as Bangkok Air had the monopoly, they really milked the foreigners shameless, after that was ended there is no more cheat since they got competition from Air Asia.When coming from Bangkok it is worth to consider the bus as an alternative. 


Sihanoukville is the beach destination


and has no flights arriving, it needs to take a car, motorbike or bus. When traveling from Phnom Penh to the city or Kep, Kampot and maybe Koh Kong the bus is the preferred choice. It is very easy to cross the Cambodia border at Koh Kong do a minibus trip to Trat and from there with the bus to Pattaya or Bangkok.